日本語

おぜんやご飯のしたくと金貨を生む騾馬と棍棒袋から出ろ

ENGLISH

The Wishing-Table, the Gold-Ass, and the Cudgel in the Sack


昔、一人の仕立て屋がいました。その男には息子が三人と、たった一匹のヤギがいました。しかし、そのヤギはミルクを出し、みんなを養ったので、良い物を食べさせるため、毎日牧草地へ連れて行かれました。息子たちが順番にそれをしました。あるとき、一番上の息子が、墓地へ連れて行きました。そこでは一番いい草がみつかり、やぎを食べさせ、そこで走り回らせました。夜に家に帰る時間になると、息子は、「ヤギや、十分食べたかい?」と尋ねました。ヤギは、「たくさん食べたよ、あと一枚の葉っぱもいらないよ、メエメエ。」と答えました。

「じゃあ、家に帰ろう。」と若者は言って、首の綱を握り、小屋へ連れて行き、しっかりつなぎました。「なあ」と年とった仕立て屋は言いました。「ヤギはえさをちゃんとたくさん食べたかい?」「ああ、たくさん食べたよ。もう葉っぱ一枚いらないよ。」と息子は答えました。しかし父親は自分で納得したくて小屋に行き、かわいいヤギをなでて、「ヤギや、満足してるか?」と尋ねました。ヤギは、「どうして満足できるんだい?溝の間を跳び回っていて、葉っぱは何もなかったよ。だから何も食べないで帰ったよ。メエメエ。」と答えました。「何だと!」と仕立て屋は叫び、二階に走っていき、若者に言いました。「おい、この嘘つき野郎!ヤギはたらふく食ったと言って腹ペコにさせときやがって。」そして怒って壁からものさしをとると若者をなぐりまくって家から追い出しました。

次の日は二番目の息子の番でした。息子は良い草しか生えない庭の生け垣の場所を選びました。ヤギはそれをすっかり貪り食いました。夜に家に帰ろうと思い、息子はヤギに、「満腹になったかい?」と尋ねました。ヤギは、「たくさん食べたよ、あと一枚の葉っぱもいらないよ、メエメエ。」と答えました。

「じゃあ、家に帰ろう。」と若者は言って、小屋へ連れて行き、つなぎました。「なあ」と年とった仕立て屋は言いました。「ヤギはえさをちゃんとたくさん食べたかい?」「ああ、たくさん食べたよ。もう葉っぱ一枚いらないよ。」と息子は答えました。仕立て屋はこの言葉を信用しないで小屋に行き、「ヤギや、十分食べたかい?」と尋ねました。ヤギは、「どうして満足できるんだい?溝の間を跳び回っていて、葉っぱは何もなかったよ。だから何も食べないで帰ったよ。メエメエ。」と答えました。

「罰当りの人でなしめ、こんなおとなしいどうぶつを腹ペコにさせておきやがって」と仕立て屋は叫び、駆け上がって、ものさしでこの若者を戸口から追い出してしまいました。

さあ今度は三番目の息子の番になりました。息子は務めをしっかり果たそうと思い、最高にすてきな葉っぱのある草むらを探しだし、ヤギに食べさせました。夜に家に帰る時間になると、息子は、「ヤギや、十分食べたかい?」と尋ねました。ヤギは、「たくさん食べたよ、あと一枚の葉っぱもいらないよ、メエメエ。」と答えました。

「じゃあ、家に帰ろう。」と若者は言って、小屋へ連れて行き、つなぎました。「なあ」と年とった仕立て屋は言いました。「ヤギはえさをたらふく食べたかい?」「ああ、たくさん食べたよ。もう葉っぱ一枚いらないよ。」と息子は答えました。仕立て屋はこの言葉を信用しないで下りて行き、「ヤギや、十分食べたかい?」と尋ねました。性悪なヤギは、「どうして満足できるんだい?溝の間を跳び回っていて、葉っぱは何もなかったよ。だから何も食べないで帰ったよ。メエメエ。」と答えました。

「なんと、嘘つき野郎だ、どいつもこいつも性悪で務めを忘れやがって。もうおれを馬鹿にさせないぞ。」と仕立て屋は叫び、怒りに我を忘れて、二階に駆けていき、可哀そうな若者をものさしで力いっぱいうちのめしたので、若者は家から飛び出て行きました。

もう年とった仕立て屋とヤギだけになりました。次の朝、仕立て屋は小屋に下りていき、ヤギをなで、「おいで、かわいいヤギや、わしが自分でお前を食べに連れていくよ。」と言いました。綱をひいて、緑の生け垣や、ノコギリソウの間やどこでもヤギが食べたいところに連れて行きました。「今度こそ、食べたいだけ食べろ。」とヤギに言って、日が暮れるまで食べさせておきました。それからヤギに、「ヤギや、腹いっぱい食べたかい?」と聞きました。ヤギは「たくさん食べたよ、あと一枚の葉っぱもいらないよ、メエメエ。」と答えました。

「じゃあ、家に帰ろう。」と仕立て屋は言って、小屋へ連れて行き、しっかりつなぎました。出て行くときにまた振り向いて、「なあ、今度は満足したかい?」と言いました。しかしヤギは相変わらず仕立て屋にも、「どうして満足できるんだい?溝の間を跳び回っていて、葉っぱは何もなかったよ。だから何も食べないで帰ったよ。メエメエ。」と叫びました。

それを聞いたとき仕立て屋は呆れて、理由もなく三人の息子を追いだしたんだとはっきりわかりました。「待ってろ、この恩知らずめ、お前を追い出すだけではまだおさまらない。お前に印をつけてちゃんとした仕立て屋の間にもう顔出しできなくさせてやる。」と叫びました。大急ぎで二階へ駆けて行き、かみそりをとって、ヤギの頭に泡をつけ、手のひらのようにつるつるに剃りました。ものさしは勿体なさすぎたので、馬のムチをもってきて、たくさん打ちすえたのでヤギは何度も大きく跳びはねて逃げて行きました。

こうしてすっかり一人になって家にいると、仕立て屋はとても悲しくなり、息子たちに帰ってほしいと思いましたが、どこへ行ったのか誰も知りませんでした。一番上の息子は指物師のところに見習いに入って、熱心に根気よく習っていました。旅に出るときがくると、親方が小さなテーブルをくれました。そのテーブルは特に美しいわけでもなく、普通の木でできていましたが、一つ良いところがありました。誰でもテーブルをたて、「支度しろ」と言うと、お見事な小さいテーブルはすぐにきれいな布でおおわれ、皿がのり、そのそばにナイフとフォークがあり、煮た肉や焼き肉ののった皿が所狭しと並び、大きなグラスの赤ワインがかがやいているので嬉しくなるというものです。若い旅人は(これがあれば、これから生きていくのに十分だ)と思い、楽しく世間を歩き回り、宿屋が良かろうが悪かろうが、またそこで食べ物が見つかろうが見つかるまいが、まるで気にしませんでした。気分次第では宿に全く入らないで野原や森や草地やどこでも気に入ったところで小さなテーブルを背中から降ろし、自分の前に立て、「支度しろ」と言いました。すると自分の望む何でも出てきました。

とうとう父親のところへ戻ろうと思い立ちました。もう怒りもおさまっているだろうし、今は魔法のテーブルを持ってるから喜んで迎えてくれるだろうと思ったのです。帰る途中で、ある晩、お客でいっぱいの宿屋に来ました。お客たちは指物師を歓迎し、一緒に座って食べるように、そうしないと何か食べるのは難しいだろうから、と言いました。「いや」と若者は答えました。「みなさんの口から少ない食べ物をとろうとは思いません。それよりも、私のお客になってもらいましょう。」お客たちは若者が冗談を言っているのだと思い、笑いました。しかし、指物師は部屋の真ん中に木のテーブルを置き、「テーブルよ、支度しろ」と言いました。たちまちテーブルは食べ物でいっぱいになり、宿の主人が手にいれられなかったようなごちそうで、においがお客たちの鼻においしそうにたちのぼりました。「さあ、みなさん、食べましょう」と指物師は言い、お客たちは指物師が本気だとわかると、二回言われるまでもなくテーブルに寄り、ナイフをとって猛烈に食べ始めました。お客たちが一番驚いたのは皿がからになると、たちまちごちそういっぱいの皿とひとりでに入れ換わることでした。

宿の主人は片隅に立って、この有様を見ていて、何と言ったらいいのか全くわかりませんでしたが、(こういう料理人が自分の家にいたら使い道が簡単だな)と思いました。指物師とその仲間たちは夜遅くまで楽しくやっていました。とうとうみんな横になって眠り、若い職人も寝ましたが、魔法のテーブルは壁に立てかけておきました。しかし、宿の主人はしきりに思いをめぐらし、物置部屋に職人のテーブルとそっくりな小さい古いテーブルがあるなと頭に浮かび、それを持ち出して、音をたてないようにして魔法のテーブルと取り替えました。次の朝、指物師は宿賃を払い、偽物だとは考えないでテーブルをもち、出かけて行きました。

昼に父親のところに着き、父親は大喜びで息子を迎えました。「それで、お前は何を習ったんだい?」と父親は息子に言いました。「お父さん、僕は指物師になりましたよ。」「良い仕事だ」と父親は答えました。「だけど修業から何を持って帰ったんだい?」「お父さん、持ち帰った一番いいものはこの小さいテーブルですよ。」仕立て屋はテーブルをぐるりとみまわして、「それを作ったときは腕が悪かったな。質の悪い古いテーブルだ。」と言いました。「だけど、自分で料理を出すテーブルなんですよ。」と息子は答えました。「それを立てて、『支度しろ』と言うと、素晴らしい御馳走が上に並ぶんですよ。それにワインもね。それはもう嬉しくなりますよ。親戚の人たちや友達を呼んでみてください。一度みんなに元気になって楽しんでもらいましょう。テーブルは欲しいものを何でも出してくれますから。」みんなが集められると、息子は部屋の真ん中にテーブルをおき、「テーブルや、支度しろ」と言いました。しかし、小さなテーブルは、何も働かないで、言葉がわからない他のテーブルとまったく同じで、上には何もないままでした。それで可哀そうな職人は、テーブルが取り替えられたと知り、そこに嘘つきのように立っていなければいけないことを恥ずかしく思いました。ところで、親戚の人たちは職人を嘲って、何も食べたり飲んだりしないで帰るしかありませんでした。父親はまた布切れを取り出して仕立ての仕事を続けましたが、息子は指物師の親方のところに仕事に行きました。

二番目の息子は粉屋に行き、そこで見習いになりました。年季が明けると、親方は「お前はとてもよくやってくれたから、変わったロバをお前にやろう。このロバは荷車をひいたり、袋を運んだりしないんだ。」と言いました。「では、何の役に立つんです?」と若い職人は尋ねました。「金を吐きだすのさ。」と親方は答えました。「お前がこのロバを布の上において、ブリックルブリットと言えば、この立派な動物は前と後ろから金貨を吐きだすんだ。」「それはすばらしい。」と職人は言って、親方にお礼を言い、世間に出て行きました。職人は金が必要になると、ロバにブリックルブリットと言うだけでロバは金貨の雨を降らせるので、下から金貨を拾うだけで何もしなくてすみました。どこへ行っても、何でも一番上等なものが間にあい、高ければ高いほどよかったのでした。というのはいつも財布にいっぱい入っていたからです。職人はしばらく世間を見て回って、「お父さんに会わなくては。金のロバをつれて行けば、怒りを忘れてやさしく迎えてくれるだろう」と思いました。

さて、この職人はたまたま、兄のテーブルが取り替えられた同じ宿屋にやってきました。職人が手綱をひいてロバを連れて行くと、宿の主人はロバを受け取ってつなごうとしましたが、若い職人は「いや結構です。私がロバを小屋に連れて行き、自分でつなぎます。ロバがどこにいるか知っていないといけませんから。」と言いました。これを聞いて主人は変な気がしましたが、自分のロバを自分で世話しなければいけない人は大して使う金を持っているはずがないな、と思いました。しかし、そのよそ者がポケットに手を入れ、二枚の金貨を出し、何かうまいものを出してくれ、と言ったとき、主人は目を見開き、走って行って、一番いいものを探し集めました。

食事の後、そのお客はあといくら足りないかと聞きました。主人は勘定を倍にしてやろうじゃないかと思い、金貨をあと二枚ください、と言いました。職人はポケットの中をさぐりましたが、ちょうど金貨が切れていました。「ご主人、ちょっと待ってください。行ってお金をとってきますから。」と職人は言いました。しかし、職人がテーブル掛けを持っていったので、主人はどういう意味なのかわけがわからず、知りたいと思って、こっそりあとをつけました。お客が家畜小屋の戸にかんぬきをかけたので、主人は木のつなぎ目の穴から覗きました。そのよそ者は、ロバの下に布を広げると、「ブリックルブリット」と叫びました。すると途端にロバが前と後ろから金貨を落とし始め、それで地面にお金が雨あられと降り注ぎました。「わあ、これは驚いた!」と主人は言いました。「ダカット金貨があっという間にできてる。あんな財布は馬鹿にできないぞ。」お客は勘定を払い、寝ました。しかし、夜に主人は家畜小屋へ忍び込み、金作りの親方を連れ出し、その代わりに別のロバをつないでおきました。

次の朝早く、職人はロバと一緒に旅立ち、自分の金のロバを連れていると思っていました。昼に父親のところに着き、父親はまた息子に会えて喜び、嬉しそうに迎え入れました。「お前は何になったのだい?」と年寄りが尋ねました。「粉屋だよ、お父さん。」と息子は答えました。「旅から何を持ち帰ったんだい?」「ロバだけだよ。」「ここにはロバが十分たくさんいるじゃないか。」と父親が言いました。「いいヤギの方が欲しかったなあ。」「ええ」と息子は答えました。「でもね、普通のロバではなくて、金のロバなんです。ブリックルブリットと言えば、この素晴らしいロバは敷物いっぱい金貨を吐きだすんですよ。ここへ親戚みんなを呼んでください。みんなを金持ちにしますよ。」「それはいいな。」と仕立て屋は言いました。「それじゃあ、もう針仕事をして苦しまなくていいんだからな。」それから仕立て屋は自分で走って行き、親戚の人たちを呼び集めました。

みんなが集まると早速、粉屋は場所をあけてもらい、布を広げて、部屋にロバを連れてきました。「さあ、見ていてくださいよ。」と言って「ブリックルブリット」と叫びました。しかし、落ちたのは金貨ではありませんでした。ロバがそのわざを何も知らないのは明らかでした。というのはどのロバもそんなすごいことができるわけではないですから。それで可哀そうな粉屋は渋い顔をして、だまされたことがわかり、親戚の人たちに謝りました。その人たちは来た時と同じく貧しいままで帰りました。しかたなく、年寄りはもう一度針仕事をはじめ、若者は粉屋に雇われました。

三番目の息子はろくろ師の見習いになっていました。それは技術の要る仕事なので、習うのに一番時間がかかりました。しかし、兄たちは手紙で、うまくいかなかったこと、家に着く前の最後の晩に宿の主人が自分たちの素晴らしい魔法の贈り物をだましとったことを伝えていました。このろくろ師が年季を終えて旅に出発しなければならなくなったとき、とてもよくがんばったので、親方はひとつの袋をくれて、「その中にはこん棒が入っている。」と言いました。「袋を身につけることができます。よく役に立つでしょう。でもどうして中にこん棒があるんですか?ただ重くなるだけです。」と若者は言いました。「そのわけを教えよう。」と親方は答えました。「誰かお前に悪いことをしたら、ただ「こん棒、袋の外へ」と言えばいい。そうすればこん棒がその人たちの中へとび出て、その背なかでたくさん踊るから、その連中は一週間身動きできなくなるってことさ。それで、お前が『こん棒、袋の中へ』と言うまで、止めないよ。」

職人は親方にお礼を言い、背中に袋を背負いました。誰かがあまりに近く寄ってきて、襲おうとすると、「こん棒、袋の外へ」と言いました。途端にこん棒がパッと出てきて、上着のほこりはらいでもするようにその連中の背中を次から次へたたき、いつまでも止まらないので、しまいには上着が切れて脱げてしまいました。しかも棒がとても速いので、誰も前に気づかないうちにもう自分の番になってやられました。夕方に若いろくろ師は兄たちがだまされた宿に着きました。

ろくろ師は前のテーブルの上に袋を置き、世間で見てきた素晴らしいもののことを話し始めました。「そうだ」と職人は言いました。「自分で支度するテーブルとか、金のロバとか、そういうものなんて簡単に見つかるだろうね。確かにすごくいいものでけっして馬鹿にするわけじゃないですがね。だけど、そんなものは僕が手に入れた宝に比べたら何でもないですよ。そこの袋に入って持ってきてるんですよ。」宿の主人は聞き耳をそばだてていました。「いったいそれは何だろう?」と主人は考えました。「あの袋には宝石がいっぱいつまっているに違いない。それも安く手に入れようじゃないか。良いことは三度、というからな。」寝る時間になると、その客はベンチの上に長々と伸び、枕代わりに頭の下に袋を入れました。

宿の主人は客がぐっすり眠っていると思ったとき、客のところに行き、その袋をとり他の袋を代わりに置けないものかと、とてもそっと用心して袋を押したり引いたりしました。ところが、ろくろ師はずっとこれを待ち構えていました。それで主人が思い切りグイッと引っ張ろうとしたちょうどそのときに、「こん棒、袋の外へ」と叫びました。たちまち小さなこん棒が出てきて、宿の主人に襲いかかり、したたかになぐりました。主人は助けてくれと喚きましたが、大声で喚けば喚くほど激しくこん棒は背中を打ち、とうとう主人はへとへとになって地面に倒れました。それでろくろ師は「自分で支度するテーブルと金のロバを返さなければ、また踊りを始めさせるぞ。」と言いました。「ああ、止めてください。」と主人はすっかり恐れ入って叫びました。「喜んで何でも差し出します。あのいまいましい小鬼だけは袋に戻してください。」それで職人は言いました。「それじゃ今回は許してやろう。だが、二度とふざけた真似をしないよう注意しろよ。」それで、「こん棒、袋の中へ」と叫び、棒を止めさせました。

次の朝ろくろ師は、魔法のテーブルと金のロバを持って父親のところに帰りました。仕立て屋は息子にまた会えて喜び、この息子にも、よそで何を習ってきたか、と尋ねました。「お父さん」と息子が言いました。「僕はろくろ師になりました。」「技術の要る仕事だな」と父親は言いました。「旅から何を持ち帰ったのだ?」「すごくいいものですよ。お父さん」と息子は答えました。「袋に入ったこん棒です。」

「何だって?」と父親は叫びました。「そいつぁ、確かに苦労しただけあるだろうよ。どの木からだってこん棒を切ることができらあな。」「でもこのこん棒みたいなのはできないですよ、お父さん。『こん棒、袋の外へ』と言うと、こん棒がとび出て、僕を悪く思っている奴をうんざりするほど踊らせるんです。それで、そいつが地面に転がって許してくれというまでは止めないんですよ。見て。このこん棒を使って泥棒の宿の主人が兄さんたちからとった魔法のテーブルと金のロバを取り戻しましたよ。さあ、兄さんたちを呼びにやって、親戚の人たちみんなも呼びましょう。食べたり飲んだりさせてあげ、おまけにポケットを金貨でいっぱいにしてやります。」

年とった仕立て屋はあまり信頼をおきませんでしたが、親戚の人たちを呼び集めました。それでろくろ師は部屋に布を広げ、金のロバを連れてきて、兄に言いました。「さあ、兄さん、ロバに言って。」粉屋は、「ブリックルブリット」と言いました。たちまち金貨が布の上に雷雨のように降り注ぎ、ロバはみんながもう持てなくなるまでたくさん金貨を出し続けました。あなたの顔つきであなたもそこにいたかったというのがわかりますよ。

それから、ろくろ師は小さなテーブルを持って来て、言いました。「さあ、兄さん、テーブルに言って。」それで指物師が「テーブル、支度しろ」と言うか言わないうちに、布がかぶさり、素晴らしい御馳走が並びました。それで、仕立て屋が自分の家で一度も知らなかった食事が行われ、親戚のみんなは夜遅くまで一緒にとどまって、みんな明るく楽しく過ごしました。仕立て屋は針と糸と物差しとアイロンを戸棚にしまいこみ、三人の息子と一緒に楽しく素晴らしく暮らしました。

ところで、仕立て屋が三人の息子を追い出す元になったヤギはどうなったでしょうか?その話をしましょう。ヤギはつるつる頭を恥ずかしく思い、狐の穴に走っていき、その中に入りました。狐は帰って来たとき、暗闇から二つの大きな目が輝いているのに出くわし、ギョッとして逃げて行きました。熊が狐に会いましたが、狐がすっかり動転していたので、熊は言いました。「狐あにぃ、どうしたんだい?どうしてそんな顔をしてるんだ?」「ああ」と狐は答えました。「おれの穴に恐ろしいけものがいて、火のような目でおれを見やがった。」「すぐにそいつを追い出そうぜ。」と熊は言って、狐と一緒に穴に行き、覗きこみました。しかし、火のような目を見ると、熊も恐ろしくなり、たけり狂ったけものとは関わりたくないと思って、さっさと逃げました。蜂が熊に出会い、熊が落ち着かない様子なので、「熊さん、ずいぶん哀れな顔をしているね。いつもの元気はどうなったの?」と言いました。「口で言うのは結構さ。」と熊は答えました。「ギョロ目の恐ろしいけものが狐の家にいてね。追い出せないんだ。」「熊さん、可哀そうに。私は、誰も目を合わすのを避けないあわれな弱い生き物だけど、それでもあんたたちを助けてあげられると思うわ。」と蜂は言いました。それで、狐の穴に飛んでいき、ヤギのつるつるに剃られた頭にとまり、すごい力で刺したので、ヤギは跳びあがって、メエメエと鳴き、気違いのように世の中へ走り出ました。そして、今までヤギがどこへ行ったのか誰もわかりません。
There was once upon a time a tailor who had three sons, and only one goat. But as the goat supported the whole of them with her milk, she was obliged to have good food, and to be taken every day to pasture. The sons, therefore, did this, in turn. Once the eldest took her to the churchyard, where the finest herbs were to be found, and let her eat and run about there. At night when it was time to go home he asked, "Goat, hast thou had enough?" The goat answered,

"I have eaten so much,
Not a leaf more I'll touch, meh! meh!"

"Come home, then," said the youth, and took hold of the cord round her neck, led her into the stable and tied her up securely. "Well," said the old tailor, "has the goat had as much food as she ought?" - "Oh," answered the son, "she has eaten so much, not a leaf more she'll touch." But the father wished to satisfy himself, and went down to the stable, stroked the dear animal and asked, "Goat, art thou satisfied?" The goat answered,

"Wherewithal should I be satisfied?
Among the graves I leapt about,
And found no food, so went without, meh! meh!"

"What do I hear?" cried the tailor, and ran upstairs and said to the youth, "Hollo, thou liar: thou saidest the goat had had enough, and hast let her hunger!" and in his anger he took the yard-measure from the wall, and drove him out with blows.

Next day it was the turn of the second son, who looked out for a place in the fence of the garden, where nothing but good herbs grew, and the goat cleared them all off.

At night when he wanted to go home, he asked, "Goat, art thou satisfied?" The goat answered,

"I have eaten so much,
Not a leaf more I'll touch, meh! meh!"

"Come home, then," said the youth, and led her home, and tied her up in the stable. "Well," said the old tailor, "has the goat had as much food as she ought?" - "Oh," answered the son, "she has eaten so much, not a leaf more she'll touch." The tailor would not rely on this, but went down to the stable and said, "Goat, hast thou had enough?" The goat answered,

"Wherewithal should I be satisfied?
Among the graves I leapt about,
And found no food, so went without, meh! meh!"

"The godless wretch!" cried the tailor, "to let such a good animal hunger," and he ran up and drove the youth out of doors with the yard-measure.

Now came the turn of the third son, who wanted to do the thing well, and sought out some bushes with the finest leaves, and let the goat devour them. In the evening when he wanted to go home, he asked, "Goat, hast thou had enough?" The goat answered,

"I have eaten so much,
Not a leaf more I'll touch, meh! meh!"

"Come home, then," said the youth, and led her into the stable, and tied her up. "Well," said the old tailor, "has the goat had a proper amount of food?" - "She has eaten so much, not a leaf more she'll touch." The tailor did not trust to that, but went down and asked, "Goat, hast thou had enough?" The wicked beast answered,

"Wherewithal should I be satisfied?
Among the graves I leapt about,
And found no leaves, so went without, meh! meh!"

"Oh, the brood of liars!" cried the tailor, "each as wicked and forgetful of his duty as the other! Ye shall no longer make a fool of me," and quite beside himself with anger, he ran upstairs and belabored the poor young fellow so vigorously with the yard-measure that he sprang out of the house.

The old tailor was now alone with his goat. Next morning he went down into the stable, caressed the goat and said, "Come, my dear little animal, I will take thee to feed myself." He took her by the rope and conducted her to green hedges, and amongst milfoil, and whatever else goats like to eat. "There thou mayest for once eat to thy heart's content," said he to her, and let her browse till evening. Then he asked, "Goat, art thou satisfied?" She replied,

"I have eaten so much,
Not a leaf more I'll touch, meh! meh!"

"Come home, then," said the tailor, and led her into the stable, and tied her fast. When he was going away, he turned round again and said, "Well, art thou satisfied for once?" But the goat did not behave the better to him, and cried,

"Wherewithal should I be satisfied?
Among the graves I leapt about,
And found no leaves, so went without, meh! meh!"

When the tailor heard that, he was shocked, and saw clearly that he had driven away his three sons without cause. "Wait, thou ungrateful creature," cried he, "it is not enough to drive thee forth, I will mark thee so that thou wilt no more dare to show thyself amongst honest tailors." In great haste he ran upstairs, fetched his razor, lathered the goat's head, and shaved her as clean as the palm of his hand. And as the yard-measure would have been too good for her, he brought the horsewhip, and gave her such cuts with it that she ran away in violent haste.

When the tailor was thus left quite alone in his house he fell into great grief, and would gladly have had his sons back again, but no one knew whither they were gone. The eldest had apprenticed himself to a joiner, and learnt industriously and indefatigably, and when the time came for him to go travelling, his master presented him with a little table which had no particular appearance, and was made of common wood, but it had one good property; if anyone set it out, and said, "Little table, spread thyself," the good little table was at once covered with a clean little cloth, and a plate was there, and a knife and fork beside it, and dishes with boiled meats and roasted meats, as many as there was room for, and a great glass of red wine shone so that it made the heart glad. The young journeyman thought, "With this thou hast enough for thy whole life," and went joyously about the world and never troubled himself at all whether an inn was good or bad, or if anything was to be found in it or not. When it suited him he did not enter an inn at all, but either on the plain, in a wood, a meadow, or wherever he fancied, he took his little table off his back, set it down before him, and said, "Cover thyself," and then everything appeared that his heart desired. At length he took it into his head to go back to his father, whose anger would now be appeased, and who would now willingly receive him with his wishing-table. It came to pass that on his way home, he came one evening to an inn which was filled with guests. They bade him welcome, and invited him to sit and eat with them, for otherwise he would have difficulty in getting anything. "No," answered the joiner, "I will not take the few bites out of your mouths; rather than that, you shall be my guests." They laughed, and thought he was jesting with them; he, however, placed his wooden table in the middle of the room, and said, "Little table, cover thyself." Instantly it was covered with food, so good that the host could never have procured it, and the smell of it ascended pleasantly to the nostrils of the guests. "Fall to, dear friends," said the joiner; and the guests when they saw that he meant it, did not need to be asked twice, but drew near, pulled out their knives and attacked it valiantly. And what surprised them the most was that when a dish became empty, a full one instantly took its place of its own accord. The innkeeper stood in one corner and watched the affair; he did not at all know what to say, but thought, "Thou couldst easily find a use for such a cook as that in thy kitchen." The joiner and his comrades made merry until late into the night; at length they lay down to sleep, and the young apprentice also went to bed, and set his magic table against the wall. The host's thoughts, however, let him have no rest; it occurred to him that there was a little old table in his lumber-room which looked just like the apprentice's and he brought it out quite softly, and exchanged it for the wishing-table. Next morning, the joiner paid for his bed, took up his table, never thinking that he had got a false one, and went his way. At mid-day he reached his father, who received him with great joy. "Well, my dear son, what hast thou learnt?" said he to him. "Father, I have become a joiner." - "A good trade," replied the old man; "but what hast thou brought back with thee from thy apprenticeship?" - "Father, the best thing which I have brought back with me is this little table." The tailor inspected it on all sides and said, "Thou didst not make a masterpiece when thou mad'st that; it is a bad old table." - "But it is a table which furnishes itself," replied the son. "When I set it out, and tell it to cover itself, the most beautiful dishes stand on it, and a wine also, which gladdens the heart. Just invite all our relations and friends, they shall refresh and enjoy themselves for once, for the table will give them all they require." When the company was assembled, he put his table in the middle of the room and said, "Little table, cover thyself," but the little table did not bestir itself, and remained just as bare as any other table which did not understand language. Then the poor apprentice became aware that his table had been changed, and was ashamed at having to stand there like a liar. The relations, however, mocked him, and were forced to go home without having eaten or drunk. The father brought out his patches again, and went on tailoring, but the son went to a master in the craft.

The second son had gone to a miller and had apprenticed himself to him. When his years were over, the master said, "As thou hast conducted thyself so well, I give thee an ass of a peculiar kind, which neither draws a cart nor carries a sack." - "To what use is he put, then?" asked the young apprentice. "He lets gold drop from his mouth," answered the miller. "If thou settest him on a cloth and sayest 'Bricklebrit,' the good animal will drop gold pieces for thee." - "That is a fine thing," said the apprentice, and thanked the master, and went out into the world. When he had need of gold, he had only to say "Bricklebrit" to his ass, and it rained gold pieces, and he had nothing to do but pick them off the ground. Wheresoever he went, the best of everything was good enough for him, and the dearer the better, for he had always a full purse. When he had looked about the world for some time, he thought, "Thou must seek out thy father; if thou goest to him with the gold-ass he will forget his anger, and receive thee well." It came to pass that he came to the same public-house in which his brother's table had been exchanged. He led his ass by the bridle, and the host was about to take the animal from him and tie him up, but the young apprentice said, "Don't trouble yourself, I will take my grey horse into the stable, and tie him up myself too, for I must know where he stands." This struck the host as odd, and he thought that a man who was forced to look after his ass himself, could not have much to spend; but when the stranger put his hand in his pocket and brought out two gold pieces, and said he was to provide something good for him, the host opened his eyes wide, and ran and sought out the best he could muster. After dinner the guest asked what he owed. The host did not see why he should not double the reckoning, and said the apprentice must give two more gold pieces. He felt in his pocket, but his gold was just at an end. "Wait an instant, sir host," said he, "I will go and fetch some money;" but he took the table-cloth with him. The host could not imagine what this could mean, and being curious, stole after him, and as the guest bolted the stable-door, he peeped through a hole left by a knot in the wood. The stranger spread out the cloth under the animal and cried, "Bricklebrit," and immediately the beast began to let gold pieces fall, so that it fairly rained down money on the ground. "Eh, my word," said the host, "ducats are quickly coined there! A purse like that is not amiss." The guest paid his score, and went to bed, but in the night the host stole down into the stable, led away the master of the mint, and tied up another ass in his place. Early next morning the apprentice travelled away with his ass, and thought that he had his gold-ass. At mid-day he reached his father, who rejoiced to see him again, and gladly took him in. "What hast thou made of thyself, my son?" asked the old man. "A miller," dear father, he answered. "What hast thou brought back with thee from thy travels?" - "Nothing else but an ass." - "There are asses enough here," said the father, "I would rather have had a good goat." - "Yes," replied the son, "but it is no common ass, but a gold-ass, when I say 'Bricklebrit,' the good beast opens its mouth and drops a whole sheetful of gold pieces. Just summon all our relations hither, and I will make them rich folks." - "That suits me well," said the tailor, "for then I shall have no need to torment myself any longer with the needle," and ran out himself and called the relations together. As soon as they were assembled, the miller bade them make way, spread out his cloth, and brought the ass into the room. "Now watch," said he, and cried, "Bricklebrit," but no gold pieces fell, and it was clear that the animal knew nothing of the art, for every ass does not attain such perfection. Then the poor miller pulled a long face, saw that he was betrayed, and begged pardon of the relatives, who went home as poor as they came. There was no help for it, the old man had to betake him to his needle once more, and the youth hired himself to a miller.

The third brother had apprenticed himself to a turner, and as that is skilled labour, he was the longest in learning. His brothers, however, told him in a letter how badly things had gone with them, and how the innkeeper had cheated them of their beautiful wishing-gifts on the last evening before they reached home. When the turner had served his time, and had to set out on his travels, as he had conducted himself so well, his master presented him with a sack and said, "There is a cudgel in it." - "I can put on the sack," said he, "and it may be of good service to me, but why should the cudgel be in it? It only makes it heavy." - "I will tell thee why," replied the master; "if any one has done anything to injure thee, do but say, 'Out of the sack, Cudgel!' and the cudgel will leap forth among the people, and play such a dance on their backs that they will not be able to stir or move for a week, and it will not leave off until thou sayest, "Into the sack, Cudgel!" The apprentice thanked him, and put the sack on his back, and when any one came too near him, and wished to attack him, he said, "Out of the sack, Cudgel!" and instantly the cudgel sprang out, and dusted the coat or jacket of one after the other on their backs, and never stopped until it had stripped it off them, and it was done so quickly, that before anyone was aware, it was already his own turn. In the evening the young turner reached the inn where his brothers had been cheated. He laid his sack on the table before him, and began to talk of all the wonderful things which he had seen in the world. "Yes," said he, "people may easily find a table which will cover itself, a gold-ass, and things of that kind -- extremely good things which I by no means despise -- but these are nothing in comparison with the treasure which I have won for myself, and am carrying about with me in my sack there." The inn-keeper pricked up his ears, "What in the world can that be?" thought he; "the sack must be filled with nothing but jewels; I ought to get them cheap too, for all good things go in threes." When it was time for sleep, the guest stretched himself on the bench, and laid his sack beneath him for a pillow. When the inn-keeper thought his guest was lying in a sound sleep, he went to him and pushed and pulled quite gently and carefully at the sack to see if he could possibly draw it away and lay another in its place. The turner had, however, been waiting for this for a long time, and now just as the inn-keeper was about to give a hearty tug, he cried, "Out of the sack, Cudgel!" Instantly the little cudgel came forth, and fell on the inn-keeper and gave him a sound thrashing. The host cried for mercy; but the louder he cried, so much more heavily the cudgel beat the time on his back, until at length he fell to the ground exhausted. Then the turner said, "If thou dost not give back the table which covers itself, and the gold-ass, the dance shall begin afresh." - "Oh, no," cried the host, quite humbly, "I will gladly produce everything, only make the accursed kobold creep back into the sack." Then said the apprentice, "I will let mercy take the place of justice, but beware of getting into mischief again!" So he cried, "Into the sack, Cudgel!" and let him have rest.

Next morning the turner went home to his father with the wishing-table, and the gold-ass. The tailor rejoiced when he saw him once more, and asked him likewise what he had learned in foreign parts. "Dear father," said he, "I have become a turner." - "A skilled trade," said the father. "What hast thou brought back with thee from thy travels?" - "A precious thing, dear father," replied the son, "a cudgel in the sack." - "What!" cried the father, "a cudgel! That's worth thy trouble, indeed! From every tree thou can cut thyself one." - "But not one like this, dear father. If I say, 'Out of the sack, Cudgel!' the cudgel springs out and leads any one who means ill with me a weary dance, and never stops until he lies on the ground and prays for fair weather. Look you, with this cudgel have I got back the wishing-table and the gold-ass which the thievish inn-keeper took away from my brothers. Now let them both be sent for, and invite all our kinsmen. I will give them to eat and to drink, and will fill their pockets with gold into the bargain." The old tailor would not quite believe, but nevertheless got the relatives together. Then the turner spread a cloth in the room and led in the gold-ass, and said to his brother, "Now, dear brother, speak to him." The miller said, "Bricklebrit," and instantly the gold pieces fell down on the cloth like a thunder-shower, and the ass did not stop until every one of them had so much that he could carry no more. (I can see in thy face that thou also wouldst like to be there.) Then the turner brought the little table, and said, "Now dear brother, speak to it." And scarcely had the carpenter said, "Table, cover thyself," than it was spread and amply covered with the most exquisite dishes. Then such a meal took place as the good tailor had never yet known in his house, and the whole party of kinsmen stayed together till far in the night, and were all merry and glad. The tailor locked away needle and thread, yard-measure and goose, in a press, and lived with his three sons in joy and splendour.

What, however, has become of the goat who was to blame for the tailor driving out his three sons? That I will tell thee. She was ashamed that she had a bald head, and ran to a fox's hole and crept into it. When the fox came home, he was met by two great eyes shining out of the darkness, and was terrified and ran away. A bear met him, and as the fox looked quite disturbed, he said, "What is the matter with thee, brother Fox, why dost thou look like that?" - "Ah," answered Redskin, "a fierce beast is in my cave and stared at me with its fiery eyes." - "We will soon drive him out," said the bear, and went with him to the cave and looked in, but when he saw the fiery eyes, fear seized on him likewise; he would have nothing to do with the furious beast, and took to his heels. The bee met him, and as she saw that he was ill at ease, she said, "Bear, thou art really pulling a very pitiful face; what has become of all thy gaiety?" - "It is all very well for thee to talk," replied the bear, "a furious beast with staring eyes is in Redskin's house, and we can't drive him out." The bee said, "Bear I pity thee, I am a poor weak creature whom thou wouldst not turn aside to look at, but still, I believe, I can help thee." She flew into the fox's cave, lighted on the goat's smoothly-shorn head, and stung her so violently, that she sprang up, crying "Meh, meh," and ran forth into the world as if mad, and to this hour no one knows where she has gone.




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